Cloud-native asset model

Learn about CNAM principles and how it is used for data management in storage.


The cloud-native asset model (CNAM) format transforms an UP42 asset from a tasking or a catalog order into individual geospatial features available for immediate download.

CNAM also standardizes the following types of files to enable easier integrations:

Transformation criteria

Regardless of provider or delivery format, all order assets that fall within the criteria are transformed into a standard model.

  • Asset delivery time

    CNAM is only applied to assets added to storage starting in 2023. Assets added prior to 2023 aren’t transformed and aren’t retrievable through STAC.

  • Supported collections

    Not all geospatial collections are supported.


The transformed data is retrievable through STAC. Here is a mapping explaining the relationship between STAC objects and asset-related concepts:

  • UP42 order delivery ⟷ STAC collection
    A STAC collection is an UP42 asset you received after a completed order.

  • Scene with unique spatiotemporal extent ⟷ STAC item
    A STAC item is an individual scene that represents inseparable data and metadata. A STAC item has a unique spatiotemporal extent, that is, has one AOI and acquisition time in its characteristics.

  • Individual geospatial feature ⟷ STAC asset
    A STAC asset is a geospatial feature of a STAC item. For example, bands in an optical image, thumbnails, or metadata files.

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